Netflix has really been killing it recently with their original programming. Stranger Things is back with a bang, Stephen King adaptation Gerald's Game has been putting the shits up people in impressively intense fashion, while familiar favourites like Bojack Horseman continue to win over new fans. You have to admit that their hit rate is pretty high.
But there's now a new kid on the block which, by all accounts, is threatening to blow everything Netflix has made already out of the water. It's called The Sinner and it's a murder mystery (of sorts) starring Jessica Biel. You can watch the trailer here:
It's more murder than mystery, because it begins with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre actress killing someone. So because we already know who the culprit is, the show delves more into 'why' than 'who'.
Hence its dramatic tagline: "Everyone knows she did it. No one knows why."
That seems to have been the right way for them to do it, though - the eight-part drama, which also features Bill Pullman as a detective, has a score of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
In Time, Daniel D'Addario described Biel as "raw and compelling as a woman who is unable to decode her own instincts", and Robert Lloyd wrote that the show "has a certain gravitational pull" in the LA Times.
The show is based on the novel by acclaimed German crime writer Petra Hammesfahr, and by all accounts the ending is a bit of a shocker. The programme isn't available to watch in the UK until 7 November, though, so we've a few more days to wait before we can commit to a full day's viewing from the comfort of the sofa.
For those in the US, however, the show has already aired, and there seems to be a lot of online chatter about the ending. So if you want to be surprised, it's probably best to not look, hard as that is to do.
But it you thought you could give your binge-watching habit a little rest, think again. We have a feeling this one's going to result in a lot of late nights and chewed up fingernails.
Words: Mischa Pearlman
Featured Image Credit: Netflix